Welcome back to Chihuahua Town, I hope you are all well. I am pleased to see that the Kennel Club has launched their Judge’s Critiques website and it is now live. I for one think this is a huge step forward as, when we have paid our entry fees to get the judge’s opinion, I’ve never thought it was fair that you then had to subscribe to a newspaper to view them. The various critique groups on Facebook went some way towards solving this problem and I hope this new website will be the way forward.
So, I had a wander along to the website to check it out. It’s really easy to use, allowing you to search for your affix, breed, judge’s name or show. Even my mum could use it. There are plenty of critiques already on there going back a few months. As an exhibitor, you don’t even need an account. If you are a judge, you have to sign up to an account so that you can submit your critiques, but this looks straightforward. So a plea to all judges – please submit your critiques to the Kennel Club website!
Last weekend was WELKS. In the longs, judged by Tom Mather, the DCC and BOB went to James Sangster’s Tidos Charlie He’s My Darling At Kirlasidh; his 3rd and crowning CC (subject to KC approval). James’ Kirlasidh Taste of Honey also won BP; what a fabulous day for the Kirlasidh Kennel! RDCC was Shelda Hornby’s Ch Bramerita Mr Holmes, BCC Steve Rooney’s Donami Limelight and RBCC Colin Cragg’s Reynoldco Sweet Dreams. In the smooths (no CC’s), judged by Paul Conway, BD and BOB was Carol and Amy Davies’ Dachidas State of Play, RBD Elaine Waddington’s Spindlepoint Yule Brynner, BB and BP Lee Humphrey’s Amarantos Cassini and RBB Emma Huntley’s Jahneemahs Along Came Polly. Well done to all, and well done to everyone who was placed.
I really enjoy WELKS, and fortunately the decision was made to carry out judging indoors as it was cold and windy. It’s a venue I like and the shopping is good; I had a wander round the stands with my Isaac. Sometimes I really like going to a show with just one dog as it gives me some lovely one to one time with whatever dog I have with me. Likewise, it was nice to sit and watch the judging, but I will say I witnessed a few incidents of dragging dogs along the floor on the lead when they were reluctant to walk. As an obedience instructor, this is never going to get the results you want and visibly upset the dogs I witnessed.
In open shows last weekend, at Morecambe and Heysham, Serena Hunt’s Moltobello Queen Of My Heart went BPIB and PG1. Serena also managed to work with her little girl Moltobello Prim Everdeen who, previously having hidden under a chair, came out of her shell a little and walked round the ring.
As few weeks ago I wrote about the Premack Principle, where a dog will work harder the higher value the reward is. I was sitting ringside at WELKS Colin Craggs was finding it difficult to get his little one to focus in the ring. A quick switch of treats to the chicken I had and she was away. A good example of this principle in action.
Anyhow my lovelies, I will see you all at the British Chihuahua Club Open show this weekend. Have a super week with your little ones.